WDRC Trainee takes out State Queensland Training Award top gong

Western Downs Regional Council employee Mitchell Pogan has been announced the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year at last week’s Queensland Training Awards State Finals.

Mitchell was one of seven finalists from across Queensland for the award category, which recognises trainees who have been outstanding in all aspects of their training and is the first ever WDRC trainee to make it to the National Awards.

Trainee of the Year Mitchell Pogan said gaining state-wide recognition was a huge honour and a highlight for his career thus far.

“It was an incredible humbling experience to receive the award, and I am so thankful for all of the support and mentoring I have received as a Western Downs Regional Council AFL Sportsready trainee,” Mr Pogan said.

“It is an honour working for a Council who supports the development and growth of their employees, and I would definitely encourage young people within our region to take advantage of the fantastic career opportunities on offer at WDRC.”

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the continued success of Council’s Early Career Development Program demonstrated the demand for dynamic employment in the region.

“This is a fantastic achievement for our very own Mitchell Pogan, and we are so proud to see another young professional recognised for their work with Council and the Western Downs community,” Cr McVeigh said.

“I also extend a warm congratulations to our other regional finalists, and to Western Downs local Kasey Hardy who was also crowned the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for Harness Energy Services.

“Our region offers so many fantastic employment opportunities suited to a diverse range of skills, and our continued recognition as part of these prestigious awards demonstrates the dedication and skill of our local people.”

Council Spokesperson for Finance, Corporate Services and Business Strategy Councillor Ian Rasmussen said Council’s Early Career Development Program offered fulfilling and diverse opportunities for residents of all ages, interests and abilities.

“Our people are skilled and values driven to make a huge difference, and our focus on quality training and development is a core part of who we are as an organisation,” Cr Rasmussen said.

“Council currently employs 25 trainees and apprentices, and it’s great to see a past participant of the program go on to achieve fantastic things. It also demonstrates to our other trainees and apprentices what is possible in their roles.”

Western Downs Regional Council was also named finalist in the Large Employer of the Year Category.

The Queensland Training Awards ceremony was held remotely on Friday, 8 October, also marking 60 years celebrating excellence in vocational education and training.

Mitch will now represent Queensland at the Australian Training Awards on 18 November.

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